Join or Die is a feature documentary illustrating how the fate of America depends on people joining clubs and building connections with fellow community members. The film examines America’s civic unraveling through the journey of social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking book, “Bowling Alone” explores the long decline in social networking and how this has worsened the crisis in our democracy. The film profiles individuals and groups building community across the country and shows how affinity groups and clubs strengthen the fabric of our democracy while improving people’s health and well-being.
United Against Hate was created by civic leaders in direct response to the sharp rise in expressions of hate in our communities. Our organization, Santa Cruz County for Safe and Inclusive Communities (SCCUSIC) wants to empower local residents to take action in our communities and alter the course of this growing intolerance. When we come together to work against hate, we can restore respect and civil discourse, embrace the strength of diversity and build inclusive and equitable communities for all.
United Against Hate Week (Nov. 12-20, 2023) is a call for a week of local civic action by people in every community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods and community. We have extended the week to incorporate additional opportunities to connect and learn.
Watch a trailer for the film here.